ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 10: Nelson Cruz #17 of the Texas Rangers throws his helmet as he runs the bases after hitting a walk off grand slam home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to win Game Two of the American League Championship Series 7-3 against the Detroit Tigers at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington on October 10, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Nelson Cruz is now the owner of arguably the two greatest home runs in Texas Rangers history.
Cruz, and his infamous boomstick, deflated the Yankees in last year's clinching Game 6 of the ALCS with a blast to left field that sent beer flying throughout the stadium (in a good way). He would've forever been remembered for that glorious blast.
Until Monday night. Now he has a new signature moment to be remembered by.
Cruz hit his second home run of the night, his first coming in the bottom of the seventh inning to tie the game and prevent the Tigers going into the eighth inning with the lead, a situation the Tigers are an unbelievable 80-0 this season.
His second, of course, came with the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning with no outs to win the game and give the Rangers a key 2-0 lead over the Detroit Tigers in the best-of-7 ALCS.
All Cruz needed was a fly ball to win the game. He got a lot more.
Cruz was in a massive power slump since going on the DL in early September.
In fact, Cruz had just six home runs over the last two months of the season and he wasn't doing much better in the average department.
He was 1-for-19 in the four games against Tampa Bay in the ALDS but appears to finally have things cooking against the Tigers.
Cruz is now 4-for-7 with three home runs and six RBIs in the two games and appears to be on the brink of a tear similar to last postseason when he put the Rangers on his back and carried them through the first two series.
In the 2010 postseason, Cruz hit .317 with 6 home runs and 11 RBIs. He's now the all-time franchise leader for postseason home runs and he appears to be on pace to up his totals from last season.
If he does, the Rangers will be very tough to knock off.